Trainers often say that the best time to start working with a dog is between 8 and 16 weeks of age. The same holds true for Shibas. So, if you’re thinking about bringing a Shiba into your home, make sure to research early training techniques before taking one home.
Some people believe they can take any puppy and teach it to behave how they want, but just because a dog learns tricks quickly doesn’t mean he’s intelligent or obedient. In addition, early training is a lot easier on a dog’s mind and body than when it’s older.
Shiba Inu Are Not For The Lazy
If you’re not willing to put in the time and energy to teach your Shiba Inu how to behave, you shouldn’t bring one into your home. Teaching a Shiba is similar to teaching a child. It takes time, patience and understanding. Chances are that any dog you bring into your home will be with you for 10-15 years. That’s a long time, so plan to be around for the long haul.
Start With Positive Reinforcement Training
It’s too easy to fall into the trap of negative reinforcement when training a Shiba Inu. There are two reasons for this. The first reason is that you’ll experience more success in the beginning by using positive reinforcement methods. The second reason is that who want to be yelled at and scolded for doing something wrong?
If you decide to use negative reinforcement, make sure it’s only done sparingly and at times when it’s necessary. Shibas can be aggressive and will often resort to negative reinforcement if they feel their owner is ignoring them.
Do Not Ignore The Dog
The dog’s personality should not be ignored when training your Shiba Inu. Some Shibas do take longer to learn than others, but it’s important to remain patient and give your dog the time they need. What is interesting is that even if a Shiba does not respond quickly, you must keep at it. Do not let the dog get away with ignoring your commands or showing aggression.
Remember, if your Shiba Inu feels threatened or that they are the dominant one in the pack, they will start acting out. Your dog must know that you are the alpha in the house and that even though they may be stronger than you, you still have control over them.
The Beginning Of Training
Before you start training your Shiba Inu, you should take into consideration where it is that you will be training him. It’s not a good idea to train a dog outdoors unless it’s in a fenced in area. Even then, your Shiba could run off or cause trouble for someone else. It’s best to train indoors. If there are other pets or children living in the home, it may be best if you reserve the bedroom for this purpose. If you’re worried about your dog scratching up the furniture, you can put a blanket on it.
The first rule of training is to make sure the dog understands that he’s not in charge. You should also make sure that your Shiba Inu respects you and your commands before moving forward with training. This will help ensure a positive and less stressful relationship between the two of you as well as save you from a lot of headaches and problems.
The easiest way to start training is by rewarding good behavior and ignoring bad behavior.
When your dog does something right, give her a treat. This will make the behavior stronger and more enjoyable for them. If you notice that your Shiba Inu is doing something wrong, simply ignore it. Ignore the behavior as long as it does not get worse and have both of you sit down and wait for about 10 minutes.
When you begin training at home, start out with simple commands like sit, stay and come when called. Start with short walks around the house, until you are comfortable without your dog running off.
Once you start training at home, it’s important to start adding distance to your exercise. Train with your Shiba Inu in several different areas of the yard and then gradually increase the time of your walks. You should also make sure that you are walking at a slow and even pace to keep your dog from running off or pulling on the leash.
If you ever find yourself having to take your Shiba Inu out of the house for any reason, make sure that you do not try to train him in the car. Instead, instead try to leave a training collar outside of the vehicle for them to wear. This way they will catch on quickly that they need to be completely quiet when you are driving and will most likely stay quiet when they are not in their home.
After a while of training in the car, you can try taking your Shiba Inu to other areas around the house. Make sure to block off the car so he doesn’t use it as a bathroom by accident. Make sure that you do not leave them alone in the car for too long either. Doing this will result in your Shiba Inu getting into mischief and probably having an accident.
In time, you will see that your Shiba Inu is more obedient and less aggressive towards other people or animals around him. This ultimately increases your dog’s socialization and manners.
It takes time and dedication for this training to work, but, as the owner, it is up to you and the amount of effort you put into it. Keep in mind that these are just a few tips to help you through the process. If you have any concerns or questions about this, do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian or an obedience dog trainer.